New Delhi: A day after former home minister P Chidambaram said on Friday that he felt Kashmir was nearly lost for India due to brute force used by government, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu has criticised his statement, calling it ‘shocking and Irresponsible’.
Naidu said, “This is not expected from a person who held the portfolio of the home ministry of the Government of India. It is all the more reprehensive as he is well acquainted with the complexities involved in tackling insurgency.”
“His irresponsible statement tantamount to promoting separatism and encouraging terrorism; his statement also is a music to the ears of our neighbour (Pakistan) who is aiding, abetting, funding, and training terrorists.”
An infuriated Naidu highlighted that his statement will embolden Pakistan which is already trying its best to internationalise Kashmir issue.”
The strong words come from the Union Minister after P Chidambaram explained that the government was not handling the Kashmir issue properly. He alleged the government of using brute force to quell dissent in the Valley.
He also said the situation can further worsen id the government did not address the issue soon. He also seemed apprehensive of Army Chief Bipin Rawat’s statement, pointing out that anyone who meddles with defence operations in the Valley would be treated as an anti-national.
Meanwhile, separatist leaders in Kashmir have been trying to create a rift between natives of the region and the government. In fact, some separatist leaders have now openly announced that ‘stone pelting’ on the security forces is justified and the youth in the region are going in the right direction.
PDP MLA and General Secretary Qazi Fazal, on Thursday justified the stone pelting in the valley on security forces as he said that the youth is doing it in self defence.
“They are doing it in their self-defence against the guns from other side and whatever has been said about it is not right,” said Fazal.
Adding fuel to the fire, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah also hit on the army chief, saying that bullet for bullet cannot be the answer for the current situation in the valley.
“Bullet cannot be answered with bullet. Talks must be held between people and authorities,” said Abdullah.